Mini ITX Build

Good evening! Need some help on choosing a build for my office. Currently I have an i7 950/GA X58-UD5 and 12gb ram for my main system. Run photoshop (as I am a photographer) and other stuff on this machine. Now I am looking for a portable computer I can use on site for specific photoshoots and cataloging.


Approximate Purchase Date: (3-6 weeks MAX)

Budget Range: 700 CAD Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Low power but powerful system. Basic x64 photoshop work.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.com, memoryexpress.com, canadacomputers.com)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel i3 2100 for low power consumption

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am trying to decide what case I want. I use a software backup tool to 3x 2tb drives for backup and thinking of putting them inside this computer. Keep in mind I need this AS SMALL as possible!
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  1. crazyfoo88 said:
    Good evening! Need some help on choosing a build for my office. Currently I have an i7 950/GA X58-UD5 and 12gb ram for my main system. Run photoshop (as I am a photographer) and other stuff on this machine. Now I am looking for a portable computer I can use on site for specific photoshoots and cataloging.


    Approximate Purchase Date: (3-6 weeks MAX)

    Budget Range: 700 CAD Before Rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Low power but powerful system. Basic x64 photoshop work.

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.com, memoryexpress.com, canadacomputers.com)

    Country of Origin: Canada

    Parts Preferences: Intel i3 2100 for low power consumption

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: I am trying to decide what case I want. I use a software backup tool to 3x 2tb drives for backup and thinking of putting them inside this computer. Keep in mind I need this AS SMALL as possible!


    So you plan on carrying this computer around with you to Photo-Shoots? Are you planning on powering it off a car battery or something?

    With Mini-ITX you can go REALLY small ... Antec ISK series would be a bit too small?

    Case I'm thinking this http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=414&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=64&g=spec

    Anyway I'll be back in a couple of hours when I have more time ...
  2. Photoshoots will be in locations where power will not be a problem.

    I will have a 2.5" SSD and a 2.5" HDD in it, so definitely no need for HDD bays.
  3. Okay ... If you haven't already bought this computer as yet, here is my build suggestion

    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
    In Stock 42745 $42.99 $42.99

    Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB
    In Stock 59192 $156.98 $156.98

    Seasonic SS-350ET 350W ATX12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan OEM
    Power Cord is not included
    In Stock 30144 $37.58 $37.58


    nGear Power Cord for Computer / Monitor 6FT NEMA5-15P to C13
    In Stock 3104 $1.79 $1.79

    ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe REV3.0 mITX H67 LGA1155 PCI-E16 802.11N HDMI DVI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard
    In Stock 59322 $157.98 $157.98

    Lian Li PC-Q08R Red Aluminum ITX Cube SFF Case 1X5.25 6X3.5INT USB3.0 Audio No PS
    In Stock 52436 $121.98 $121.98
    Shipping Estimate:

    EDIT: oops, forgot that it was Canadian ...
  4. Quote:
    Lian Li PC-Q08R Red Aluminum ITX Cube SFF Case 1X5.25 6X3.5INT USB3.0 Audio No PS
    In Stock 52436 $121.98 $121.98


    If you want small and portable, skip the Lian-Li PC-Q08. It's one of the largest Mini-ITX cases you can find (I have one and here's some thoughts on it). In fact, skip Lian-Li completely. They make great cases, but they are far from being the most compact.

    Try this for a small case: Mini-Box M350

    Or any of these: Antec ISK

    If you want something a bit bigger (optical drive or discrete video) check out: TT Element Q

    Any of which will handle the system that you want.
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